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Inspectors with the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries have conducted 384 agricultural workplace safety and health inspections since March and found violations of pandemic policies at nearly a third of the sites, the agency said in a statement released Thursday.
The agency said 130 of the farms were found in violation of various health and safety rules created to keep agricultural workers safe; more than 20 were cited for “serious” violations with potential fines of up to $13,500, according to the statement.
Among the serious violations, 10 involved inadequate, temporary worker housing, while others included inadequate social distancing policies at work sites.
Department inspectors have conducted nearly 3,600 inspections and approximately 1,600 consultations during the COVID-19 pandemic, and agribusiness inspections are ongoing, according to the statement.
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